McGarnigle (600) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle notched August wk 4. Big aroma...you can smell it as soon as you lift the cap. Hazy pale orange, and the foam leaves a trail on the side of the glass. Not the punchiest IPA. Malts are balanced with citrus and floral hops. Good beer, if you don’t need to be blown away.
FlacoAlto (4091) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 28, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
<b>Bottled May Wk4; Sampled November 2008</b>
A vigorous pour produces an almost four-finger thick, light tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is a nice copper color that shows a lightly hazed, bright copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of sticky hops, pine, grapefruit and sweetened lemon zest as well as lots of biscuit like malt, some crystal malt sweetness and some cracker notes in the finish. After a bit I start to notice more of the herbal / pine, though there is still a soft citrus character in the nose.
Lots of herbal hop character is noticeable as the beer first hits my mouth, a substantial pine needle backbone runs throughout as well. The beer finishes fairly smooth, with very little bitterness noticeable after the first sip. My second sip has me noticing a solid bitterness that is noticeable as the beer rolls across the tongue; strangely though (or perhaps more aptly said, atypically) the bitterness quickly disappears and does not linger on in the finish at all. The finish is fairly smooth with a light menthol hop notes and some sweet, pale crystal malt sweetness. Some citrus hop flavors are noticeable as well. The malt plays a secondary role here, but does provide a fair amount of sweet, pale crystal malt notes and some lightly toasty grain notes that reminds me of saltine crackers. This has a nice, light, quaffable body to it that is just about perfect for an IPA.
Not a bad beer, the fact that this beer has no real lingering presence on the tongue is definitely interesting and I definitely feel like I miss the lingering hop presence that is in a typical IPA, but this is still fairly enjoyable. Not as bracingly hoppy as many of the newer aggressive IPAs, which is sort of a nice change of pace (you might even confuse this from a hoppy pale ale).
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Hazy yellow with a bit of orange on the edges, nice white head. Nice little hop aroma, crisp. Nice fruity hop flavor as well, pretty good drinking IPA.
mnurda (1222) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 26, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled sample courtesy of Piscator. Pours a bit orange in colour. Somewhat hoppy finish. Medium carbonation. Drinkable beer.
blipp (7586) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours gold with an off white head. The aroma is floral and grassy with light fruity hints. The flavor has well balanced sweetness with citric and floral hops and a light malt profile. Not bad.
adamlangolf (21) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - OCT 29, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The 2nd most underrated IPA I’ve tried. Almost all the India Pale Ale’s I love are between 6.5-7 %. This is the perfect session beer for me. The most toned down among my favorite IPA’s but unique enough to drink regularly. I sincerely love this beer.
dslunsford1 (55) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - OCT 27, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very hoppy, but has a clean/bitter finish and great color. One of the better IPAs I’ve had.
DuffMan (8624) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 26, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
GABF 2008. Clear golden yellow, grassy hop aroma, slightly resionous. Thin malt profile with a modest grassy hop character and a medium bitter finish.
malrubius (2317) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - OCT 22, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle in pint glass. Hazy orangish with lasting flat head and lace. Mild hoppy yeasty grassy sweet aroma. Mild and balanced fruity sweet peach melon mildy toasted with medium bitterness and a little hop flavor. Medium body and carbo. A decent session IPA.
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 20, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Very strong hop aroma. Flavor has a big hop bite along with pine. Very rustic. Hops aren’t very well blended so it is real bitter and a bit grainy. Some off flavors include light peach and citrus right at the end. Not a bad beer but not as smooth as it could be.